BNSF Main Street Bridge (Plattsmouth)

Concrete Slab Bridge over Main Street
Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska

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Name BNSF Main Street Bridge (Plattsmouth)
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 20 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet 10 Inches
Superstructure Type Concrete Slab
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1908
Traffic Count 20 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 4.93
Significance Local Significance
In 1868, the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad had reached Creston, Iowa from Ottumwa. The crews used Creston as a point to continue building west.
By 1870, the line would be completed to East Plattsmouth, Iowa. This location was set on the Missouri River.

Just across the river, in Plattsmouth, the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad of Nebraska continued building west.

The railroad reached Ashland by 1870, and Lincoln later that year. The expansion would continue west, ultimately reaching Denver.

The lines were purchased by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1875. To the east, the Iowa line connected to Chicago, via Burlington.

By 1880, the CB&Q completed a large bridge across the Missouri River at Plattsmouth, connecting the two lines.

Throughout the early 20th century, the line would be upgraded. In Iowa, many sections were constructed double track between Creston and Pacific Junction.

In Nebraska, the Ashland to Lincoln section was constructed double track in 1910.

The line served as a broader connection, connecting Denver and Chicago.
By 1970, the CB&Q merged with Great Northern and Northern Pacific to form Burlington Northern.
In 1996, BN merged with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF Railway, who currently owns this line.

Presently, the Creston to Lincoln section is known as the Creston Subdivision, and sees a steady traffic base.

This standard concrete slab bridge crosses Main Street in Plattsmouth.
Built in 1908, the bridge was built as an early grade separation. However, Main Street no longer goes under the bridge due to clearance issues.
Resting on concrete substructures, the bridge appears to remain in good condition.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can easily be accessed from nearby roads.


Source Type


Build Date 1908 Date Stamp
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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